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Home Entertainment News: FOX CINEMA ARCHIVE MOD DVDs & DISNEY Blu-rays

Yesterday, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment launched Fox Cinema Archives, a new collection of “manufacture-on-demand” (MOD) DVDs that will “bring some of its most classic films featuring some of the biggest stars of the twentieth century to DVD for the first time.” The series will be available for purchase on major top-tier retailers’ websites. The first 15 films released as part of the Fox Cinema Archives collection are:

Dangerous Years (1948), 63 min.
After a botched robbery, a district attorney prosecutes a teenage boy he doesn’t realize is his own son.

Fraulein (1958), 97 min.
A shy German girl helps the Allies during WWII and is helped in return by a kindly American officer at the war’s end.

Love is News (1937), 77 min.
A beautiful heiress has a scheme to embarrass a handsome gossip columnist played by Hollywood idol Tyrone Power.

Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell (1951), 88 min.
A 50 year-old claiming to be 77 checks into a dreary senior citizen’s home and infects the residents with his youthful energy making them realize that you’re never too old to have fun.

My Wife’s Best Friend (1952), 87 min.
When a man confesses to his wife that he has been unfaithful, she imagines all the different ways that historical figures such as Cleopatra and Joan of Arc might handle the situation.

Rings on Her Fingers (1942), 86 min.
In this romantic comedy, a pair of swindlers convince a young girl to pretend to fall in love with a man they believe is a millionaire, but the plan backfires.

Suez (1938), 98 min.
This epic adventure of the building of the Suez Canal tells the story of the engineer who attempts to create the canal that will connect the Mediterranean and Red Seas.

Diplomatic Courier (1952), 98 min.
Diplomatic Courier is a Cold War spy tale about an agent who must hunt down vital information about Russia’s plans to invade Yugoslavia.

They Came to Blow Up America (1943), 73 min.
An American FBI agent of German heritage infiltrates a Nazi bund and foils acts of sabotage.

Way of a Gaucho (1952), 90 min.
After inadvertently killing a man, an Argentinian gaucho signs on with the army in order to avoid a jail sentence, then soon after forms a band of outlaws.

Claudia (1943), 92 min.
A fairly frank depiction of the day-to-day troubles of a child-like bride in the 1940s.

The Foxes of Harrow (1947), 118 min.
In 1820, a New Orleans adventurer woos his way to the top of Louisiana society.

Kidnapped (1938), 90 min.
A young heir falls into the hands of kidnappers on his travels to Scotland to take over the family fortune and is saved by a dubious renegade.

Frontier Marshal (1939), 71 min.
When Wyatt Earp becomes the Marshal of Tombstone, Arizona, he attempts to quiet the rowdy town. He’s successful with the exception of Curly Bell and his gang, who kill Doc Holliday, forcing the Marshal to settle the score.

Life Begins at Eight-Thirty (1942), 84 min.
A young disabled girl and her composer boyfriend try to revive the stage career of her alcoholic father.

 

On July 3, Disney will release 4 titles for the first time on Blu-ray™: The Horse Whisperer (1998), Phenomenon (1996), Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), and Step Up (2006).

The Horse Whisperer

Academy Award® Winner Robert Redford & Academy Award® Nominee Kristin Scott Thomas

Film Synopsis: After a devastating riding accident, a young girl and her beloved horse are left with serious physical and emotional scars. When her mother calls on the “Horse Whisperer” to help, she meets a rugged rancher who not only has an extraordinary gift with animals, but also an ability to enrich the lives of people around him.

Talent/Cast: Robert Redford (Ordinary People), Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient), Scarlett Johansson (Avengers), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Dianne Wiest (I Am Sam), Chris Cooper (The Muppets)
Director: Robert Redford (The Legend of Bagger Vance)
Feature Run Time: Approximately 169 minutes

Bonus Features: Production Featurette, Robert Redford Featurette, Buck Brannaman Featurette, Music Video

 

Phenomenon

Some things in life just can’t be explained.
Academy Award® Nominated Actor John Travolta

Film Synopsis: On the night of his 37th birthday, George Malley (Travolta) is knocked to the ground by a mysterious, blinding light and develops amazing mental abilities. With his newfound knowledge, George astounds everyone in town, but comes to realize that his wondrous experience has changed him and all those around him forever.

Talent/Cast: John Travolta (Saturday Night Fever), Kyra Sedgwick (Singles), Robert Duvall (Apocalypse Now), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Jeffrey DeMunn (Shawshank Redemption)
Director: Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure films)
Feature Run Time: Approximately 123 minutes

 

 

 

Under the Tuscan Sun

The Only Thing More Surprising Than The Chance She’s Taking…Is Where It’s Taking Her.
Academy Award® Nominee Diane Lane

Film Synopsis: Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book, Under The Tuscan Sun follows San Francisco writer Frances Mayes (Lane) on a ten-day trip to Tuscany. Once there, she is captivated by the beautiful Italian countryside, and impulsively buys an aging, but charming villa. Fully embracing new friends and local color, Frances finds herself immersed in a life-changing adventure filled with enough unexpected surprises, laughter, and romance to restore her new home – and her belief in second chances.

Talent/Cast: Diane Lane (Secretariat), Raoul Bova (The Tourist), Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Lindsay Duncan (Alice in Wonderland), Vincent Riotta (The Dark Knight)
Director: Audrey Wells (Guinevere)
Feature Run Time: Approximately 113 minutes

 
Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes, “Tuscany 101,” Audio Commentary with Director Audrey Wells

 

Step Up

Every second chance begins with a first step.

Film Synopsis: Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street) sizzles as Tyler Gage, a streetwise hunk with a reckless streak, in this exhilarating movie about never giving up on your dreams. When Tyler is sentenced to do community service at a school for the performing arts, he wants nothing to do with their world…until he meets a beautiful dancer who gives him a chance and helps him discover his astonishing pure talent.

Talent/Cast: Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street, Dear John), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Take The Lead), Rachel Griffiths (Hilary and Jackie, Six Feet Under), Mario (Freedom Writers, R&B singer), Damaine Radcliff (Glory Road)
Director: Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses)
Feature Run Time: Approximately 103 minutes

Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes, Bloopers, Making the Moves, Music Videos, Audio Commentary With Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Director/Choreographer Anne Fletcher

 

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